Colgate-Palmolive has warned that counterfeit toothpaste that are falsely labeled as “Colgate” has been found in four US states. According to the company, these fake toothpastes may contain a poisonous chemical called diethylene glycol (DEG).
This counterfeit toothpaste has been found in many “dollar-type discount” stores in New Jersey, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania.
Colgate-Palmolive said in a news release, “There are indications that this product does not contain fluoride and may contain Diethylene Glycol.”
The company has proof that it does not use, nor has it ever used Diethylene Glycol as an ingredient in Colgate toothpaste anywhere in the world.
According to the toothpaste manufacturer, the counterfeit products can only be recognized because they have been labeled as “Manufactured in South Africa”, when they do not even import toothpaste into the US from South Africa.
Addit9onally, the counterfeit packages examined so far also have many misspelling including “isclinically”, SOUTH AFRLCA”, and “South African Dental Assoxiation.”
Colgate-Palmolive says that consumers who suspect they may have purchased counterfeit proudtcs can call Colgate’s toll-free phone number (800) 468-6502.